Science Center plans approved
Cougar News Services
The UH System Board of Regents on May 15
approved plans submitted by the Cesar Pelli & Associates architecture
firm for a new $51 million
science, engineering and classroom building.
Photo courtesy of Cesar
Pelli & Associates/Kendall Heaton Associates
An artist's rendering depicts
the planned $51 million Science, Engineering and Classroom Building, to
be located near the existing Science
Center. The UH System Board of Regents
approved plans during its May 15 meeting.
The board also approved the site, adjacent
to the Science Center along Cullen Boulevard across from Hofheinz Pavilion.
Cesar Pelli, based in
New Haven, Conn., will work with local
architect Kendall/Heaton Associates.
Pelli designed the Petronas Towers in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia — the tallest building in the world, Herring Hall at Rice
University and the St.
Luke's Medical Tower located in the Texas
"To have a distinguished architect such
as Cesar Pelli putting his imprint on this new building is exciting," UH
System Chancellor and UH
President Arthur K. Smith said. "The addition
of this facility to our science and engineering complex will have a major
impact on our academic
and research programs for years to come."
When completed in 2005, the new UH building
will accommodate about 40 research laboratories and include a 550-seat
The 200,000-square foot complex will provide
a "gateway" to the west side of campus and will feature a five-story laboratory
building and a
two-story classroom building.
The new building, to be completed in 2005,
will house 40 research laboratories in a five-story lab building and a
two-story classroom building,
including a 550-seat teaching auditorium.
It will also be what administrators have said is a new gateway to campus.
"This will be a very efficient building
and a very beautiful building," Pelli told the Regents when he presented
the plans May 6. "It should help you
recruit the best scientists."
UH scientists and engineers gave their
input into the design of the laboratory facility, said Edward P. Sheridan,
senior vice president for
academic affairs and provost. Research
faculty will fill much of the space with their own equipment, he said.
"Major funding agencies have recognized
that part of the grants they award go toward purchasing lab equipment,
and our researchers are
writing their grants with this in mind,"
Sheridan said. "As our deans recruit new faculty members the candidates
are excited about being able to
design their own labs."
Faculty who will teach in the lecture halls
also gave input.